Banned Biographies

Banned Biographies is an audio documentary series charting the careers of some of the most notorious bands ever to grace the world’s stages.

Aaron Pendergast Interview Roundup, Music News, Pistol Review and More

June 24th, 2022

On this roundup episode of the Banned Biographies Podcast, your host, Tom Austin-Morgan, is back to let you know what’s been going on since the Aaron Pendergast Interview episode went out and what you can expect from the next one.

Firstly, I’d like to thank Aaron for the time he took to talk to me last month, again, apologies to you and him that the file wasn’t the cleanest. But I’m positive that the conversation was good enough and full of as much information as you could want about independent documentary making and of course, The Blasting Room itself.

I also talk about the gigs I've played this month, going to see The Sewer Cats play live at my local music venue, the fact I can't go and see Adam Ant tonight because I and Adam Ant both contracted Covid on the same day, all the news from the world of punk and alternative music including stories about Kurt Cobain's Smells Like Teen Spirit guitar being sold for a ridiculous sum of money, That Petrol Emotion, the death of Depeche Mode's Andy "Fletch" Fletcher, Flogging Molly, Mount Westmore, Blondie and Dropkick Murphys among others.

Finally I review of some of the music released this month as well as Pistol, the FX TV series directed by Danny Boyle, about the Sex Pistols.

Be sure to get in touch on social media or email to let me know what you thought of Pistol (if you've watched it) as well as anything else you want to have a chat about, and do go to Apple Music to leave a rating and review, it really does help and you get the review read out on the show! Until next time, take care and stay safe.

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Inrterview with Aaron Pendergast (Filmmaker - The Blasting Room Documentary)

June 1st, 2022

On this special interview episode of the Banned Biographies Podcast I talk to film and documentary maker Aaron Pendergast whose latest project is a documentary about The Blasting Room, the legendary recording studio started by members of the Descendents and ALL in the mid 90s, which is currently in post-production.

If you’re a fan of US punk bands from the 80s through to today you’ll likely be a fan of at least one, if not many bands who have recorded albums at The Blasting Room, and you’ll likely own albums that were recorded, mixed or mastered there. Essentially, The Blasting Room documentary will be to punk rock what the Sound City documentary was to the Foo Fighters.

Aaron was great to talk to and imparted some brilliant advice for anyone looking to make independent films and documentaries as well as being very generous with his time.

Unfortunately, there was a technical issue with distortion on Aaron’s side of the Zoom call that I just couldn’t edit around. We noticed it early on and Aaron sent me files that he recorded on his end as well, but the issue was still there in his files. I’ve done what I can lessen the effect and edit out as much of it as possible, but it’s still obviously there. I hope you are able to listen around it.

I hope to have Aaron on again in future to talk about the reception of the film after it’s released towards the end of the year in September or October.

You can find out more about the film at blastingroomfilm.com or on Instagram @blastingroomfilm.

Technical issues aside, I really hope you enjoy the conversation and am sure you’ll get something out of it, especially if you’re into US punk rock bands or independent filmmaking.

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Chris Constantinou Interview Roundup, Punk Rock News and Fontaines D.C. Skinty Fia Album Review

May 25th, 2022

Your host, Tom Austin-Morgan, is back to let you know what’s been going on since the Chris Constantinou Interview episode went out and what you can expect from the next one.

Firstly, a big thanks to Chris for the time he took to talk to me last month, it’s been wonderful to make his acquaintance and to get to know him. Special thanks must again go out to Rhiannon Ifans who arranged the meeting in the first place, I’m looking forward to what else she’s go up her sleeve!

This month I appeared on another music-based podcast: Love That Album, which I’m a big fan of. Myself and the host, Maurice discussed the Tom Robinson Band’s debut album Power In The Darkness as well as a lot of the political, societal and musical landscapes of the UK in the 1970s. I had an absolute blast finally meeting Maurice and getting onto his podcast, I hope you either heard it and enjoyed it or will seek it out to listen to, I think that episode makes a great companion piece to this podcast and, if you make the effort to listen to it and you do enjoy it, I hope you subscribe to Love That Album, Maurice is a great host and a fountain of knowledge. His most recent episode came out this week and is an interview with the bassist from the band The Knack, which was a real eye-opener about a band a lot of people dismiss as a one hit wonder. Make sure you listen to that one too!

The news this month features bands like Buzzcocks, Black Flag, John Doe, The Linda Lindas, My Chemical Romance, Adolescents, Dream Nails and The Beastie Boys as well as the nominations announced by the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.

I also review Dublin-born, now London-based post-punk band Fontaines D.C.'s third album Skinty Fia.

Be sure to get in touch on social media or email and do go to Apple Music to leave a rating and review, it really does help and you get the review read out on the show! Until next time, take care and stay safe.

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Interview with Chris Constantinou (Rude GRL + CC, One Thousand Motels, The Dandy Warhols, ex-Adam Ant, JackieOnAssid, The Wolfmen)

May 1st, 2022

On this special interview episode of the Banned Biographies podcast Tom Austin-Morgan talks to Chris Constantinou, who is probably better known to Adam Ant fan as Chris DeNiro - the bassist in Adam's post-Ants solo band.

Chris has also played in The Wolfmen with Marco Pirroni, JackieOnAssid, and One Thousand Motels with Rat Scabies of The Damned which cover everything from blues to dance music. In between these he's also played on songs and albums with Annabella Lwin from Bow Wow Wow, Guy Chambers before he started his partnership with Robbie Williams, The Slits, Sinéad O'Connor, Daler Mehndi, Holy Holy, Brant Bjork & Sean Wheeler, Andreas Grega, Nerina Pallot and Earl Slick and Bernard Fowler. He also sometimes plays flute live with The Dandy Warhols.

Currently, he is about the release a new mini-album called Femme Power with rapper, Jenna Dickens in a punk rap project called Rude GRL + CC. Femme Power will be available to stream and buy on the 6th of May 2022 and is released through Ingrooves (part of the Universal Music Group).  In June, they’ll also be releasing a double A-side through Cleopatra Records, the tracks are I’m Good (mixed by Nick Hodgson of the Kaiser Chiefs) and the second track is a version of Adam Ant’s Goody Two Shoes. So, keep your eyes peeled for those dropping.

On top of all this he also has stories of playing on Top of the Pops, Live Aid, convincing Guy Chambers not to give up on a career in music, and recording in the Palm Desert scene with members of various bands including Masters of Reality, Queens of the Stone Age, etc and all the madness involved in that, supporting King Crimson and Hawkwind as a 13-year-old and so much more

As you can see, Chris has lived a hell of a life and I feel like I only just scraped the surface. Hopefully, there'll be a follow up episode in the future. If you get a fraction of joy listening to our conversation as I did having it I'm sure you'll be supremely satisfied.

I'd like to thank Chris for being so generous with his time as well as for being so candid and warm. An extra special thank you must also go to my friend Rhiannon Ifans for setting this up.

Let me know what you thought of it by commenting on the social media post, and be sure to share it - and the podcast as a whole - with your friends.

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Them Fantasies and The Sewer Cats Round Up, Punk Rock News and Wet Leg Album Review

April 25th, 2022

Once again, Tom Austin-Morgan, your host is back to let you know what’s been going on this month since the last two episodes went out, what's going on the world of punk rock and what you can expect from next months episode.

Firstly, I’d like to extend my grateful thanks to both Them Fantasies and The Sewer Cats. Both conversations were really interesting, enlightening and fun, I hope you’ll agree, and despite the fact that the music they make is poles apart, both bands' conviction in their art and enthusiasm when talking about it were utterly infectious and inspiring. 

Previous guest, Louise Aubrie, has relocated to LA to start writing and recording new material. Meanwhile, she’s released a new video for the song Dark from the album Antonio which she came on the show to talk about last year. Check it out in the back catalogue.

I've guested on the Love That Album podcast, which is a brilliant show that I’ve listened to for years. The host, Maurice, and a guest – in this case me – discuss a variety of great albums from the rock, jazz or folk genres in some depth.  The episode is available now, which is apt because it corresponds with the 44th anniversary of the first Rock Against Racism concert at Victoria Park on the 30th April 1978 which featured, among others, the Tom Robinson Band. The episode is about their first album Power In The Darkness, although it also deals with the political and environmental history of the time because a lot of that fed into the themes of the album. It was a delightful chat with someone who has such a wealth of knowledge and made me feel most welcome, do go and find Love That Album podcast and listen not just to the episode I’m on, but rifle through the back catalogue, there’ll certainly be a lot you’ll be familiar with, but there are some great surprises to be had too. Thanks Maurice!

I review just the one album this month; Wet Leg's debut, self-titled album that came out at he beginning on the month. Is it full of repetitive, flash in the pan indie nothingness or is it as goods as I hoped it would be?

By sure to get in touch on social media or email and do to Apple Music to leave a rating and review, it's the podcast's second birthday, after all! Until next time, take care and stay safe.

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Interview with The Sewer Cats

April 15th, 2022

On this special interview episode of the Banned Biographies podcast, Tom talks to The Sewer Cats - a two-piece punk band made up of drummer and singer Cass and guitarist Josh.

Ferocious, fuzzy and feline-inclined, The Sewer Cats are an explosive Manchester-based punk duo who deliver riotous tunes of patriarchy-smashing fury. Their short and snappy songs have been described as ‘catchy and scathing’, bursting with hooky riffs drenched in fuzz and aggressive riot-grrrl vocals, all served up with a big helping of sass.

Their new album, Cute Aggression is out TODAY on Manchester-based DIY non-profit punk label, TNSrecords. Go and find it and The Sewer Cats’ back catalogue wherever you stream or listen to your music as well as on the TNSrecords website.

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A big thank you to Cass and Josh for their time and for being so easy to get on with. I very much look forward to meeting them in a couple of months time on their tour. Do try and find out where they're playing near you and make the effort to see them, and support them by buying some merch.

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Interview with Them Fanatsies

April 1st, 2022

On this interview episode of the Banned Biographies podcast Tom Austin-Morgan talks to L.A.-based indie rock band Them Fantasies.

The band is made up of bassist and singer Dominic Cannarella, guitarist Eric McCoy and drummer Max Meizlish. They met while at music college in Boston, Massachusetts and cut their teeth playing live and finding their sound in Valencia, Spain as part of their course. During 2020 they relocated to LA and while living together have honed their sound and their production skills to infuse a modern pop slickness to their funk tinged, indie rock sound.

During the pandemic they've found an excited new audience on Tik Tok, released three singles in 2021, and recently put out their new EP “How Modest”, which sees them tackle more socially conscious themes like toxic masculinity and the crassness of materialism.

They're a lovely and very talented group of lads and I wish them every success. Go and check out their music wherever you stream or listen to it and, if you do, let them know I sent you!

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Website: https://www.themfantasies.com/

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Thank you to Jeremy Saunders from BIZ 3 Publicity for organising this interview.

Until next time, take care of yourselves and stay safe.

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X-Ray Spex Review, Punk Rock News and Album Reviews

March 30th, 2022

Your host Tom Austin-Morgan is back to let you know what's been going on since the last episode and what you can expect from the next one... or possibly two!

There's also all the news from the world of punk including stories about KRS-One, Steve Ignorant, Alice Bag, Richie Ramone, Loose Articles, Sick Of It All, Blondie and The Damned, Bauhaus, Shane MacGowan, The Sewer Cats, John Doe, MC5, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Weezer, The Last Gang, The Lunachicks, The Gaslight Anthem and Roxy Music.

There's also a load of acts that have cancelled their gigs in Ukraine and Russia due to the continuing war there and, sadly, there have been a number of deaths as well.

Additionally, there are reviews of three albums: Love Sux by Avril Lavigne (Is she cynically going back to pop punk from her more recent acoustic pop sound due to the resugence of early-2000s pop punk?), Torpedo by Feeder (have they finally gone back to the heavy grunge of their early albums like they keep saying they will?) and Never Let Me Go by Placebo (is this their best album since The Meds?).

By sure to get in touch on social media or email and do to Apple Music to leave a rating and review, it's the podcast's second birthday, after all! Until next time, take care and stay safe.

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Identity - The X-Ray Spex Story

March 1st, 2022

The girl who would grow up to be Poly Styrene, Marianne Joan Elliott-Said was one of three mixed race siblings living with their single mother and growing up in South London in the 1960s, which was - to put it lightly - not an environment known for racial tolerance.

She always felt different, not just in the way the she looked but in the way she thought too. A conventional life was not for her.

After building a relationship with an older man who also became her manager, she struck out to form a band, inspired - as so many young punks were - by watching the Sex Pistols. X-Ray Spex was born shortly afterwards.

Between 1976 and 1979, X-Ray Spex released just five singles and one album. Nevertheless, "Oh Bondage Up Yours!", is now acknowledged as a classic punk rock single and Germfree Adolescents is widely acclaimed as a classic album of the punk rock genre.

X-Ray Spex was one of the most inventive, original and genuinely exciting groups to emerge during the punk era. And fronted by Poly Styrene, the first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band who was without question, one of Punk's most influential, colourful and greatest artists whose effect is still felt on bands today as well as the riot grrrl and afropunk movements.

Though she fought with mental health issues throughout here life as well as getting heavily involved in religion for a long period, it was cancer that eventually took her from us at tb he age of just 53. However, in her short life she introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion, using her unconventional voice to sing about identity, consumerism, postmodernism, and everything she saw unfolding in late 1970s Britain, with a rare prescience. And contrary to her claims in the song I Am A Cliché, she certainly wasn't.

Join me on the psychedelic, day-glo story of X-Ray Spex.

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Leo Ulph Interview Review, Punk Rock News and Tom’s Birthday

February 22nd, 2022

On this episode of the Banned Biographies podcast your host, Tom Austin-Morgan, and talks about what’s been going on in the last month and what you can expect from the next episode.

Firstly I’d like to thank Leo Ulph once more for the time he took to talk to me on last month’s interview episode, he’s such a nice bloke who I think is so engaging to listen to.

There has been a slew of reviews on Apple Music this month, all from the UK and all with five stars, so I give them a shout out, it was a really nice surprise to get so many in such a short space of time, and I noticed that the show charted higher in the Apple Music rankings, so there definitely is a correlation between the number of reviews and how visible the show is in the search, so keep it up, guys, it really does help.

As promised, I debut a news section from the world of punk from February including stories about The Dwarves, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, Angels And Airwaves, The Undertones, IDLES, The Last Gang, Jesse Michaels and Tim Armstrong performing a live version of Operation Ivy's "Sound System", Cancer Bats, Killing Joke, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong's car being stolen then found, New Found Glory, Beavis And Butt-Head, Dropkick Murphys, The Real McKenzies, Cro-Mags, Fontaines D.C., Frank Turner scoring his first number one album with FTHC and a review of the album, and Adam Ant.

I also talk about my birthday on the 20th February where I celebrated by playing two shows within 24 hours with my very first punk band, High Frequency our first in about 11 years. The reception we had from both audiences we played to over the weekend we really warm and engaged, people genuinely seemed to enjoy the songs we were playing, some of which are 19 years old now! So maybe covers aren’t the way forward after all? I’d like to thank Ant and Corky as well as our wives and partners for putting up with the disruption to their weekends and especially to the people who put us on the line ups for these two shows and finally to all the people who listened and even bough CDs which have been gathering dust in my loft for the last decade! If you want to find us, we’re on Facebook and Instagram @high_frequency_rocks or you can listen to that album by searching Welcome To Apathyville on Spotify.

Until next time, take careand stay safe.

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